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The 1st Healthy Aging Research Centre (HARC) Workshop
April 4, 2014

The first HARC Workshop “NUTRITION AND DIET FOR AGE-RELATED COGNITIVE DECLINE AND DEMENTIA”, took place on March 6-7th, 2014.

IMG_5038_868257The workshop involved coordinated efforts of HARC Research Area 1 investigators from Departments of Old Age Psychiatry & Psychotic Disorder (chief: Prof. Iwona Kłoszewska) and Medical Psychology (Chief: Prof. Tomasz Sobow) with a strong, logistic support of the HARC office, particularly Ms. Martyna Głogowska.

We hosted  17 guests, internationally renowned scientists involved in studies on dementia, nutrition and interface of the two.  The workshop has been arranged in four sessions, poster presentation session and one practical training. The workshop was opened by HARC Coordinator prof. Marek Kowalski and prof. Iwona Kłoszewska.

IMG_5048_478457The sessions that followed were organized according to thematic modules. During first session (Early detection of cognitive decline and dementia) 4 lectures were provided by Magda Tsolaki (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Christine Bastin (University of Liege, Belgium), Teemu Paajanen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland) and Niels Andreasen (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden). During second session (Evidence for the role of nutrition and diet in the pathogenesis of cognitive decline) the lectures were provided by Margaret J. Dauncey (University of Cambridge, UK), Patrizia Mecocci (University of Peruggia, Italy) and Pascale Barberger-Gateau (University of Bordeaux, France). Professor Deb Gustafson (Suny Downstate Medical Center, New York, USA & University of Goethenburg, Sweden) could not come due to illness, however she provided her slides for the workshop participants.

IMG_5083_219448During third session (Methods of diet, nutrition and body composition assessment) lectures were provided by Stanisław Kłęk (Stanley Dudrick Hospital, Skawina, Poland), Alicia Camina Martin (University of Valladolid, Spain), Elisabetta Marini (University of Cagliari, Italy) and Manfred Mueller (University of Kiel, Germany). During this same session dr Radosław Magierski (RA1 of HARC) presented a rationale and research plan of the NutrDem Project, the prospective study planned by investigators from the two organizing Departments. This presentation and discussion afterwards was a rare opportunity to benefit from the opinion of experienced scientists and allowed us to implement some important modifications in the study plan.

IMG_5098_524422The final fourth session (Nutritional and diet interventions for age-related cognitive decline and frailty) included lectures from Marion Secher (University of Toulouse, France), Dorota Religa (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden), Jayne Woodside (Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom) and RA1 speaker, Tomasz Kostka (Medical University of Lodz, Poland).

All sessions included time for Q&A providing a chance for lively and in-deep discussions.

IMG_5043_740037Beyond sessions (lectures and discussions) we also had poster session that included presentations of 9 young researchers form our University as well as other Polish academic centers.

The workshop ended with practical presentation of bioimpedance technique provided by experienced researcher from Medical University of Warsaw, Poland, dr Magdalena Milewska.

The 1st HARC Workshop was attended by 51 guests and group of students of Medical University of Lodz.

IMG_5101_684067It is also important to note that the workshop not only provided forum for disputes and learning from the renowned experts but also is likely to establish some future co-operations.

Finally, the organizers are happy to note that all invited speakers emphasized very good logistic and on-site organization.

Professor Tomasz Sobów, I HARC Workshop Coordinator


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